Hawks v Raptors
Atlanta will be hosting the Raptors at State Farm Arena on Friday, hoping to complete a winning streak after defeating Washington last Tuesday at Capital One Arena. Taurean Prince scored 21 points to lead a 137-129 Hawks win over the Wizards, despite Bradley Beal making 27 points.
The Hawks also defeated Phoenix last Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena, where John Collins scored 35 points to beat the 32 from Devin Booker. The game ended in a 118-112 Atlanta win against the Suns.
Prior to these wins, the Hawks fell to Utah Jazz 128-112 last Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Trae Young made 28 points to top the 25 points and 13 rebounds from Rudy Robert, but not enough to frustrate the Jazz victory over the Hawks.
Atlanta also got thrashed by Sacramento last week at Golden 1 Center. Harry Giles stood off the bench and scored 12 points in the third quarter, finishing 20 points by the end of the game. Young made 23 points that night but not sufficient enough to stop the Kings 135-113 win over the Hawks.
Toronto, on the other hand, are still one of the hottest teams in the East coast despite being replaced by the Bucks at the top of the conference. The Raptors lost to Milwaukee last week at Scotiabank. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points, to which Khris Middleton added 18 to top the 28 from Pascal Siakam. The game ended in a 105-92 Bucks win over the Raptors.
Nonetheless, the Raptors filled that defeat with wins over the Los Angeles Clippers 121-103 and Philadelphia 76ers 119-107. Like Atlanta, they will be hoping to complete a winning streak as well on Friday. With this, tipsters are giving a line of Atlanta +8.5.
Thunder v Grizzlies
Oklahoma City are building another winning streak after Boston capped their seven-game winning streak last Monday at TD Garden. Paul George made 37 points that night to beat the 30 points from Kyrie Irving, but Marcus Morris added 19 points to secure a 134-129 Celtics win over Thunder.
Prior to that loss, OKC have been champions against the likes of Milwaukee and Portland. Last week, Thunder beat the Bucks 118-112 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where George scored 36 points to top the 27 from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
OKC also hammered Portland last month at Chesapeake. George made 36 points and eight rebounds, to which Russell Westbrook added a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds that night to beat the 34 points from Damian Lillard and lead a 123-114 Thunder win against the Trail Blazers.
Oklahoma City’s most recent match also concluded in a victory after scoring 132-122 against Orlando Magic. George made 39 points that night with Westbrook making his seventh straight triple-double at 16 points, 16 assists, and 15 rebounds to top the 26 points from Terrence Ross.
OKC will be hoping to build another winning streak as they will be hosting the Grizzlies on Friday.
Memphis are now second to the bottom of the Western Conference, next to the New Orleans Pelicans and above the Phoenix Suns. They have just recovered from a three-game skid with losses to the Denver Nuggets 95-92 and the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-97, as well as to the Charlotte Hornets 100-92.
Lately though, the Grizzlies are catching up, making two wins out of their last games. Last Monday, they beat New York at Madison Square Garden, where Mike Conley scored 25 points, complemented by 24 from Marc Gasol to beat the 17 from Kevin Knox and lead a 96-84 Grizzlies victory over the Knicks.
The Grizzlies also went wild when they defeated the Timberwolves 106-108 last Wednesday at FedExForum, where Conley made 25 points and nine assists to lead the victory.
Memphis will be hoping to complete a three-game winning streak, but they might struggle with the thought as their upcoming Friday rivals OKC are hot at the third place in the West coast.
Celtics v Lakers
The Lakers are visiting Boston on Friday, hoping to make up with their losses within their last two games. Their latest game went to a 136-94 trashy loss to the Pacers last Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. LeBron James made 18 points that night, but got topped by Bojan Bogdanovic with 24 points.
Los Angeles also fell to a hot Golden State last Sunday at Oracle Arena, where Klay Thompson made 28 points to beat the 20 from Brandon Ingram and secure a 115-101 Warriors win over the Lakers.
The Lakers’ last win was a 123-20 victory against the Clippers in the most recent Hallway series at Staples Center. LeBron went from injury to play that night, making 24 points and 14 rebounds to equalize the 24 points from Lou Williams.
The Lakers have been plagued with injuries among its top ranks, infesting even LeBron, as well as Ivica Zubac and Kyle Kuzma. LA will be struggling in another game with injuries, especially in their upcoming Friday night with the Celtics.
Boston are invincible lately, streaking wins in their last five games in the league. Furthermore, they are only beaten once in their last eleven games and that defeat was a 115-111 fall to the Golden State Warriors last Sunday.
Last Monday, the Celtics beat Oklahoma City at TD Garden. Kyrie Irving made 30 points and 11 assists, to which Marcus Morris added 19 points to to the 37 from Paul George and secure a 134-129 Boston win over Thunder.
Boston also went victorious in their latest game with Toronto at TD Garden, which concluded in a 117-108 Celtics in against the Raptors.
With LeBron having a probable status for Friday, the end of the Lakers’ struggle will be probable as well.
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